Hydrogeomorphic Characterization of the Huallaga River for the Peruvian Amazon Waterway

Henry Valverde, Jorge D. Abad, Leo Guerrero, Yulissa Estrada, Christian Frias

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Practical Applications Several river-related engineering projects lack a broad and comprehensive view to understand a river's spatial and temporal dynamics. One of these projects is the Amazon Waterway (Hidrovía Amazónica in Spanish) which sought to strengthen commercial transport between Brazil and Peru using four rivers: Amazon, Ucayali, Marañón, and Huallaga. The Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Environmental Impact Study (EIA) did not specify the methodology for understanding river dynamics; however, the focus was mainly concentrated on the need to develop dredging activities. During the EIA evaluation stage, more than 400 technical observations were presented, several related to fluvial geomorphology. This article presents a synthesis of how proper river studies should be carried out and how river dynamics is related to aquatic biodiversity, highlighting the importance of understanding rivers before developing infrastructure projects.

Original languageEnglish
Article number05023004
JournalJournal of Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2024


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